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Struggling To Get By

September 2022

Wednesday, September 28

Rising Prices, Increasing Poverty, Slowing Job Growth: Hawaii’s Economy Faces Grim Times

Wednesday, September 14

‘People Are Really Struggling’: Hawaii Food Banks Scramble To Meet Increased Demand

August 2022

Thursday, August 25

Blueprint For Hawaii Housing? UH Project For Students And Faculty Is Going Up At Relatively Little Cost

Monday, August 22

The No. 1 Reason Maui Residents Call 211? They Need Help Buying Food

Friday, August 19

Hawaii Condo Fees Are Among Nation’s Highest. And They’re Squeezing The Middle Class

July 2022

Monday, July 25

More Help Is Coming For Hawaii’s Homeless Youth

Wednesday, July 20

The Maui Council Wants To Create A Safe Space For People Who Live In Their Cars

Friday, July 15

Hawaii Has $200 Million To Spend on Pre-K. Who Gets The Money?

June 2022

Thursday, June 16

Hawaii May Not Be The Richest State, But It Is One Of The Happiest

Wednesday, June 15

Hawaii Has A Child Care Crisis. Employers Could Help Solve It

Tuesday, June 7

Could Employer-Provided Rentals Help Solve Hawaii’s Housing Crisis?

Wednesday, June 1

Would You Want The Government To Be Your Landlord?

May 2022

Tuesday, May 31

Lawmakers Spent Big This Year To Help Hawaii Families ‘Pushed Over The Edge’

Thursday, May 12

How Fast Can Government Agencies Turn The Legislature’s $1 Billion Into New Housing?

Monday, May 2

How Honolulu’s Push For More Housing Sparks Opposition From Rival Interests

April 2022

Thursday, April 21

Oahu Nonprofits To Get $4.5M To Address Housing And Financial Woes

Monday, April 18

Why Businesses Are Passing Their Rising Costs On To Consumers

Thursday, April 14

How Hawaii’s Land-Use Regulations Are Helping Drive Up Housing Prices

Sunday, April 10

Why More Apartment Buildings May Not Be The Answer To Oahu’s High Housing Costs

March 2022

Thursday, March 31

It’s Hard To Make Ends Meet On Maui. Even If You Live In Your Car

Sunday, March 27

Hawaii’s Population Continues A Slide That Began In 2017, New Data Shows

Friday, March 18

Proposed Bill Would Reduce Prices Of Diapers, Food And Medicine

Sunday, March 13

These 5 Bills Could Be Game Changers For Hawaii Residents Struggling To Afford A Place To Live

Wednesday, March 9

Good Luck Finding A Place To Rent If You Own A Pet — Especially On Maui

Monday, March 7

Here’s How Hawaii Is Trying To Improve Child Care Access

Why It Costs So Much To Own A Car In Hawaii

February 2022

Sunday, February 27

More Housing In Honolulu Means More Density. Are Monster Homes The Only Way?

Tuesday, February 22

Pre-Fab Construction Could Be One Solution To Hawaii’s High Cost Of Housing

Sunday, February 13

What Would You Do With $100? Locals Weigh In On Proposed Tax Refunds

Tuesday, February 8

The Legislature’s Most Visible Housing Advocate Is Provoking A Policy Debate

January 2022

Monday, January 31

5 Charts Show Hawaii’s Housing Cost Squeeze

Wednesday, January 26

Hawaii’s High Costs Leave Many Struggling To Get By

Rising Prices, Increasing Poverty, Slowing Job Growth: Hawaii’s Economy Faces Grim Times Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Rising Prices, Increasing Poverty, Slowing Job Growth: Hawaii’s Economy Faces Grim Times

Among those facing higher costs are Oahu utility customers whose October bills could show more cost increases on top of a dramatic rise over the past year.

‘People Are Really Struggling’: Hawaii Food Banks Scramble To Meet Increased Demand Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat/2020

‘People Are Really Struggling’: Hawaii Food Banks Scramble To Meet Increased Demand

Rising food costs and the end of pandemic-era assistance programs are driving a spike in demand for food assistance.

Blueprint For Hawaii Housing? UH Project For Students And Faculty Is Going Up At Relatively Little Cost University of Hawaii

Blueprint For Hawaii Housing? UH Project For Students And Faculty Is Going Up At Relatively Little Cost

A Hawaii lawmaker says the public private housing partnership could be a model for state-owned affordable rentals.

Hawaii Condo Fees Are Among Nation’s Highest. And They’re Squeezing The Middle Class Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Hawaii Condo Fees Are Among Nation’s Highest. And They’re Squeezing The Middle Class

For many middle class home owners, maintenance fees can be almost as high as a mortgage.

More Help Is Coming For Hawaii’s Homeless Youth Megan Tagami/Civil Beat/2022

More Help Is Coming For Hawaii’s Homeless Youth

Act 130, recently signed into law, establishes the Safe Spaces for Youth Pilot Program under the Department of Human Services.

The Maui Council Wants To Create A Safe Space For People Who Live In Their Cars Marina Riker/Civil Beat/2022

The Maui Council Wants To Create A Safe Space For People Who Live In Their Cars

Several communities across the U.S. have designated parking areas for people to sleep in their vehicles. Maui’s current mayoral administration isn’t so sure about the idea.

Hawaii Has $200 Million To Spend on Pre-K. Who Gets The Money? UH Manoa Children’s Center

Hawaii Has $200 Million To Spend on Pre-K. Who Gets The Money?

Final language in the new law leaves an open question about whether private as well as public facilities are eligible for the funding.

Hawaii May Not Be The Richest State, But It Is One Of The Happiest Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii May Not Be The Richest State, But It Is One Of The Happiest

The bad news: Hawaii has a large percentage of people living close to the edge. The good news: they tend to be happier here than their peers elsewhere.